By: Katie Austin
Where did the summer go? Can you believe we are already midway through September?
I don’t know about you, but it seems as though the months are just flying by! They say time flies when you are having fun, so this girl must be having a lot of fun. :)
I do love this time of year as we transition into Fall and cooler temperatures. Mother Nature moves over to warmer colors, and college football in the air. (Go Gamecocks! Sorry, just had to work that into my blog somewhere…LOL.)
Though I am excited about the new season, I do worry about keeping up my new health routine. As I shared in my last post, “My Aha Moment,” my husband and I started a simple exercise/eating healthy ritual that’s helping us to gradually lose weight. During the summer, school is out and we participate in many outdoor activities. But as schedules get busier and activities move indoors, I worry that I will go back to old habits. I don’t want to lose my momentum, and I want to be sure that our recent changes become lifetime habits.
How can we accomplish this, especially during the holiday season?
I pondered this question for a while. I went back in time, remembering when I finished chemotherapy and needed something to motivate me. My body was weak and my muscles atrophied. I wanted something to focus on, a way to take steps toward getting back in shape. I found the Avon Walk and joined a team to walk 39 miles.
That’s what I needed to do: find events that will provide opportunities to exercise while giving back and helping me stay focused. Perfect!
I recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity Women Build, which was a women-only event. Boy, I had no idea sod could be that heavy!
See the links below for volunteer opportunities at an upcoming build or to register to walk:
- Avon Walk: avonwalk.org
- Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitatcsc.org
- Walk for Life: walkforlifecolumbia.org
There are many other events taking place this Fall that are just a hop, skip and a jump away. A quick Goggle search and you will find several to choose from.
Don’t get me wrong, we are still walking and watching what we eat. These events just offer different ways of exercising.
Remember to keep your health toward the top of your list and to keep moving.